It seems as if we are living in a time when everyone is looking for a magic pill to cure what ails them. The sad thing is that the side effects from most prescriptions drugs alone may kill you. You would think that we would look for alternatives that would offer no side effects. Would you believe the best medicine for you may be found right outside your window? Yes, the great outdoors. And, it’s free! Just going for a walk on a regular basis could be just what your body needs. You may be surprised to know that nature has its own healing effects for many illnesses. Nature just might be the best medicine that we all have been looking for.
We put so much stress on our bodies just dealing with our everyday lives. Our day-to-day consist of many stressful events like traffic delays, angry clients, stressful boss, meeting deadlines, or driving our kids around from one activity to another. Whether we realize it or not, all these things will begin to have a negative effect on mental and physical health, which is why we should take advantage of nature and the benefits it can have on our health. If you are open, nature could be the relief you have been looking for to cure a lot of what ails you.
Research has found that being exposed to nature reduces our blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and stress levels, which will have positive effects on our emotional and physical well-being. Nature has a calming effect that very few things can match. Not only will you encounter the beautiful wildlife, but nature also offers soothing sounds that were meant for relaxation. You get to hear the wind blowing, birds singing, and the lake water splashing against the shore. Not to mention, the beautiful sunsets, blue skies filled with fluffy white clouds, and if you are lucky, you just might see a rainbow. I feel relaxed just writing about it.
My Experience With Nature’s Ability To Heal
Nature has helped me through my moments of stress. I use to be someone who stressed about everything you could think of. I was a single mom who worried about the “what ifs” in life. What if I get sick, if my car broke down, or if I lost my job. I eventually realized that those things are out of my control. However, I wanted to find something that would bring me peace during my day. I have always loved the outdoors. As a kid, I would go fishing with my father, and my mom would take my brothers and me for walks in the park. I don’t go fishing as much now, but I have made going on a walk part of my routine. I honestly feel a sense of calm come over me every time I am outside in nature. I truly feel that nature has helped me deal with the stressful moments in my life. Here are some great ways to spend time outdoors:
Are you still a bit skeptical about how spending time in nature has healing effects? Do you still need some more convincing? Don’t worry. I have come prepared. To gain more insight into the healing effects of nature, I decided to do some research.
Here a just a few a ways that nature can replenish our mental and physical health:
- Nature & Attention Restoration Theory. The Attention Restoration Theory is a study that provides evidence that those who spend time in nature, even just looking at images of nature can restore one’s cognitive performance. If you feel that you need to gain better concentration and improve memory, spend a little time in nature.
- Nature & Dementia. Other research has proven that nature can play a pivotal role in helping those who have dementia regain a sense of self. A lot of times, when people have been diagnosed with dementia, they may feel isolated from the outside world. Once those with dementia joined groups that would allow them time outdoors, they began to rebuild confidence, connect with other people, and gain some feeling of control.
- Nature & ADHD. Studies have also shown that nature has had positive effects on children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Children with ADHD are known to be inattentive and impulsive. When these children were exposed to nature, they began to increase their attention span and reduced the severity of their symptoms. Teaching children to stay connected with nature will be beneficial as they begin to enter adulthood.
Nature has many benefits, so do not be so quick to dismiss all that nature can do for you. If nothing else nature has been known to rejuvenate and make people feel more alive. Just gaining more energy throughout your day could be all you need. Nature has done that for me on many occasions. My goal is not to turn you away from prescription medication, but to open your mind to using nature as an alternative. You never know, nature could be the perfect medicine for you.
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden”